University of Houston — Director, UH Wellness

Established in 1927, the University of Houston (UH) empowers students in their pursuit of learning, discovery, leadership, and engagement. Located in a sprawling metropolis, as a public, tier one research university, UH provides students with cutting edge undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, distance, and continuing education programs. Ranked among the best colleges in America, UH is home to award-winning faculty, innovative research centers, has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and alumni who have become international leaders. Reporting in the division of student affairs and enrollment, the UH Wellness Center serves 46,000 students, 8,000 of whom live on campus. 

The Position
Reporting to the assistant vice president for student affairs – health and well-being, the director of UH Wellness provides departmental leadership and maintains primary responsibility including program direction for UH Wellness, including planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and prevention strategies, policies, programs, and services campus-wide. UH Wellness offers 15 plus programs and touches approximately 26,000 students annually. This position is a key leader within a strong health and well-being portfolio within the division, focusing on fostering the holistic well-being of all students through coordinated, intentional, and strategic services and programs. 

The new director will have an opportunity to help create an integrated healthy campus vision with the new assistant vice president of health and well-being, while supporting the mission and vision of the university. The UH Wellness Center is charged with developing comprehensive multidisciplinary student health and well-being initiatives around several dimension of well-being: physical, emotional, spiritual, professional, and social and encompasses current programs addressing alcohol and other drugs, sexual health and violence prevention, and mental health. The vision for the new director will be to expand the Center’s approach with new initiatives in areas such as resiliency, courageous conversations, sleep, purpose, values, and financial literacy. The director will be a collaborative partner across the institution and provides leadership, supervision, and training for professional staff, graduate assistants and interns, peer educators, and student assistants. 

Minimum requirements include a master’s degree and five years of managerial or related professional experience. A doctorate is preferred. Other qualifications include: experience with supervision and managing resources; visionary thinking and planning skills; the ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff in a complex and diverse environment; the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key partners, with emphasis on dynamic communication and collaboration; demonstrated ability to create a strategic vision and motivate others; and a demonstrated personal and professional commitment to health and well-being.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin February 3, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter explaining how the applicant meets the qualifications specified in this announcement may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett Boler at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.